26 April 2014

Somalia: Gunmen Kill Five After Dusk Prayer At Mosque

Five villagers were killed in a clan revenge attack in Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia late on Friday according to witnesses, Garowe Online reports.

Local reports say, gunmen in military uniform shot at the five worshipers as they left a mosque in Muuri village which lies between Laanta Buuro military base and No.50 airstrip.

"Unidentified assailants opened fire at five farmers who departed a mosque in the village after dusk prayers," Somali National Army (SNA) commander told GO. He added that in depth investigations were launched into the terrible incident that sparked fear among the locals.

Four persons died at the scene while the other succumbed to gunshot wounds at a medical facility, sources disclosed.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack but security officials say, inter-clan feud might have led to attack on the five civilians.

Lower Shabelle region has been a spot for deadly clashes among armed clan militias. Somali government troops accustomed to sporadic battles after claims over regional influence.

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeepers alongside the Somali Federal Government forces made crucial advances against Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab fighters in central and southern Somalia.

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